Lakers Retire Both of Kobe Bryant’s Jerseys: No. 8 and No. 24

Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant has his No. 8 and No. 24 jerseys retired and became the first NBA player to have both his jerseys retired by the same team.

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On Monday, Dec. 13, 2017, the Los Angeles Lakers retired both of Kobe Bryant's numbers: No. 8 and No. 24. (Getty Images)
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The Lakers started the evening with KOBELAND, complete with Ferris Wheel (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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But KOBELAND had all types of games and events with heavy crowds of fans coming to hang out (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Fans Paid Respect and Enjoyed the Instagram Photo Ops (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Kobe Bryant smiles as he answers questions with reporters and speaks about peeking up at the rafters before every game as a player (Shahan Ahmed/NBCLA)
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Kobe Bryant walks out to loud, loud applause (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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And more applause (Shahan Ahmed/NBCLA)
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And even more applause (Shahan Ahmed/NBCLA)
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"We''re here to celebrate the greatest who has ever worn the purple and gold" - Magic Johnson picked up the mic and showered praise upon Kobe Bryant (Shahan Ahmed/NBCLA)
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Lakers president Jeanie Buss took her turn next: "We are retiring both your numbers because if you separated each of the accomplishments under those numbers (No.8 and no. 24), each of those players would qualify for the Hall of Fame" (Shahan Ahmed/NBCLA)
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Then it was time for the great reveal, and Kobe Bryant looked up to see the curtains come down (Getty Images)
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Kobe Bryant's no. 8 and no. 24 sit on either side of the late Los Angeles Lakers announcer Chick Hearn (NBCLA/Shahan Ahmed)
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Then, Kobe Bryant grabbed the mic while getting showered with chants of "Kobe! Kobe! Kobe!" (Shahan Ahmed/NBCLA)
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Kobe Bryant dominates double jersey retirement speeches
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When the Black Mamba Speaks, STAPLES Center listens (Harry How/Getty Images)
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Kobe Bryant: Different Animal, Same Beast (Shahan Ahmed/NBCLA)
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Kobe Bryant wrapped up with "Mamba Out" and put the mic down to go give Magic Johnson a hug (Shahan Ahmed/NBCLA)
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The Lakers family celebrates with Kobe Bryant and his family during the no. 8 and no. 24 jersey retirement ceremony (Shahan Ahmed/NBCLA)
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Bryant family photo just in time for the holidays (Shahan Ahmed/NBCLA)
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It quickly became a hug-fest with greats like Shaquille O'Neal and Bill Russell in the house (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Kobe and Allen Iverson's embrace drew the loudest applause from the crowd at Staples Center (Kevork Djansezian /Getty Images)
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Kobe also stopped by to speak with Lonzo Ball (Photo by Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images)
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Lakers coach Luke Walton even gave Kobe a hug before starting the second half (Photo by Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images)
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One More Mic Drop in a career of mic drops for Kobe Bryant: "Mamba Out" (Photo by Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images)
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